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Kanban Management Professional

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

The Enterprise Information Risk and Cybersecurity (EIRC) department is growing and looking for three experienced Kanban Management Professionals (KMPs) to support cross-functional Scrum and Kanban teams within the Risk Information, Risk Analytics and Quantification, and Department Operation programs.

The ideal candidate comes with 3 - 5 years of experience working in an agile environment and is excited to build a culture of continuous improvement, foster intellectual curiosity and a growth mindset, encourage empathy, understanding, and a steadfast pursuit of excellence.

This Kanban Management Professional role demands a passion for lean and agile practices, ability to develop high performing teams, knowledge of Kanban practices, proven track record for building partnerships with risk analysts, risk management consultants, security engineers, and Product Managers, and a deep set of soft-skills including facilitation, coaching, influencing and negotiation.

What's the role?

  • Embody servant leadership and partner with risk assessment engineers, cyber security engineers, risk analysts, and Product Owners to drive the delivery of working software, secure technology platforms, and financial industry security compliance.

  • Coach Product Owners/Managers to maintain transparency between all team members and stakeholders on the state of the product backlog, team performance, service delivery and work plans.

  • Find opportunities for experimentation and growth for continuous improvement both personally and as a member of a team.

  • Work with teams and management to visualize invisible knowledge work and how it moves through a workflow.

  • Apply the Systems Thinking Approach to Introducing Kanban (STATIK) with the teams to set up Kanban systems.

  • Coach teams to apply a holistic way of thinking about service delivery with a focus on improving them from your (internal) customers’ perspective.

  • Demonstrate Lean Kanban implementation and facilitation practices.

  • Collaborate with the Product Owner to ensure backlog is prioritized in a fashion that minimizes delays and handles dependencies.

  • Actively contribute and guide to the refinement of work in the backlog by analyzing requirements and determining Definition of Done.

  • Demonstrate and ensure teams apply standard methodologies and effective agile, Kanban, and Scrum practices.

  • Facilitate resolution of dependencies between your teams and the brokered service providers.

  • Support reporting on work progress and deliverables to management.

Bring your best! What this role needs:

  • Proven experience working with agile teams in software development, risk management, security/ risk assessment, security compliance, information risk auditing or risk analytic environments.

  • Experience with JIRA and JIRA Align or similar work management tools.

  • Expertise working in scaled agile environments demonstrating one of the scaled frameworks (Nexus, SAFe, LeSS etc.).

  • Thorough understanding of the Kanban Method, Scrum and SAFe values, principles and best practices.

  • At least one agile, Scrum, Kanban or SAFe certification.

  • Experience in Financial or Insurance industry is highly preferred.

  • Passion for operational excellence, problem solving, and ownership in accomplishing results-oriented goals.

Beyond base salary, NM offers the following benefits; pension, 401k, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision, FREE lunch, annual bonus opportunity, and much more! 

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This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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